After OnePlus & Oppo, Vivo Also Stops Selling Smartphones In This Country


Radhika Kajarekar

Radhika Kajarekar

Jun 13, 2023


Vivo, one of the prominent smartphone manufacturers, has been barred from selling its devices in Germany due to a recent court ruling. This development puts Vivo in the same situation as its sister companies OnePlus and Oppo, both of which faced similar restrictions in the country.

After OnePlus & Oppo, Vivo Also Stops Selling Smartphones In This Country

Vivo Stopped From Selling Phones In Germany

The ruling in the patent dispute case between Vivo and Nokia has compelled Vivo to cease smartphone sales in Germany. According to reports from WinFuture, the company was unable to overcome the legal challenges posed by Nokia, resulting in the ban on selling its smartphones in the country.

To reflect the current situation, Vivo’s German website now states that its products are not currently available in Germany. 

However, the company has assured its existing customers that customer support and software updates will continue to be provided for those who have already purchased Vivo devices in the country. A visit to the Vivo website in Germany confirms that most product information has been removed or hidden.

While it is technically possible for Vivo to resume smartphone sales in Germany by reaching a licensing agreement with Nokia, the company, along with OnePlus and Oppo, has chosen not to pursue this option at present. The reasons behind this decision are not explicitly stated.

Vivo Smartphones Are Still Being Sold in Other European Countries

Despite the ban in Germany, Vivo smartphones are still being sold in other European countries. This means that determined customers in Germany who wish to own a Vivo device can still technically import one from another European country where the smartphones are available for purchase.

The court ruling and subsequent ban highlight the challenges smartphone manufacturers face when it comes to patent disputes and the impact it can have on their market presence. It also underscores the importance of resolving such legal issues to ensure smooth operations and continued availability of products in various regions.

Vivo’s exclusion from the German market is a setback for the company, as Germany is a significant market for smartphones. However, it remains to be seen if Vivo, OnePlus, and Oppo will pursue legal resolutions or alternative strategies to regain access to the German market in the future. In the meantime, German consumers will have to explore other smartphone options available to them.

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